|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||21.5 x 32.2 x 3.5 inches|
|Item model number||1042000|
|Manufacturer Part Number||1042000|
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Highland 1042000 Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier
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- Great for sports, camping gear and transporting garden and home improvement supplies
- Up to 500 pound capacity - fits any 2 inch receiver style receiver hitch
- Two piece construction bolts together in minutes
- The platform is 60 inch x 20 inch x 2-1/2 inch with an expanded metal deck - includes convenient tie down points
- Heavy duty steel construction with durable powder coat finish
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It comes in parts and you need to put the whole thing together. I did NOT agree with the directions where the head of the bolts were on the outside and the thread/nuts on in the inside. This causes the sharp edges of the threads to point into the tray. I also purchased a waterproof bag for the cargo tray and if I put it in there with the thread pointed in, it could easily tear the bag. I reversed the directions of the bolts and its better now. Put some silicone on the edge of the threads now facing out so anyone walking around the tray doesn't get scraped.
The floor of the tray is pretty flimsy and definitely requires you to spread the weight. Putting anything dense on it (like a stump) can probably break the mesh floor, or at least it seems like it could. But since I plan on using it for luggage in a waterproof bag on long trips, I'm not really concerned about this issue.
I added some extra reflectors to it for about $5. I'm concerned with someone not seeing it in a dark environment and tripping over it or even a car not seeing it since it is rather low and black.
UPDATE: I have used this for about a year. Still no problems other than the occasional getting it scraped when going over steep dips. This is more of a problem of the road and car then the carrier. Used it for long trips from NJ to FL with multiple suitcases. You never know it was there unless you get to check it once in awhile. And certainly never effected gas mileage.
Years ago we stuffed packed everything into the very back of the SUV (at the time we had the very versatile but eminently ridiculed Pontiac Aztek). Later we got a Highland Rainproof Cartop Storage Bag, which allowed us to pack some things in the back and the rest in the cartop carrier and still allowed us to bring more supplies but reserved room for the dogs to move around.
Packing everything and still having an open rear window as well as space for the dogs to walk around in was getting harder and more logistically complex for every trip, especially after getting a screened-in canopy and having to pack it also.
So we set out to look for perhaps a cargo trailer, a small camper, or something along those lines.
Eventually we decided to go for a hitch-mounted carrier. You see them everywhere more than likely, used for every purpose. And after reading some fairly good reviews for the Highland Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier/Tray we decided to go with that model.
The specs say that it is made from heavy-duty powder-coated steel. It fits any two-inch receiver hitch and has a capacity of up to five-hundred pounds. It's also a good size, sixty inches wide by twenty inches deep, with a little ridge of about two and a half inches high around all four sides.Read more ›
The carrier assembles easily. I did snap off one bolt, but it was easily replaced. It seems to be very sturdy. Obviously, at the center it's very strong. I put my 200 plus pounds on it there and it doesn't budge. I would not stand on either end though. If you're going to load it to it's 500 pound max, weight will need to be evenly distributed. I think it will work well for my planned use. I bought it for tailgating and plan to load a small Honda generator and coolers.
Overall, I'm very impressed and happy with this carrier.
Assembling by hand was a bit of a challenge, the two primary bolts to attach the tray to the hitch/support bar were very tight. I'm sure anyone with a wider selection of tools wouldn't have had that problem.
I had to be careful though, turning into parking lots and such, to go in at an angle to avoid scraping the back. It seems that the bottom of the bolt sticking out (prob a good 1/2" past the nut) took the brunt of the impact. Another thing worth mentioning, as I have a row of sensors along the back bumper, the rim of the tray blinds a few of them, causing the system to disable (park assist sensors). The first time I backed up, it started screeching, then shut off and gave me a "Service Park Assist" message. Once I removed the tray and backed up where there was something to detect, it reset and took away the message.
The price is right and does the job. It would benefit from being able to fold up when not in use, and have a slightly higher rim (6"-8" would be very helpful), but for the price, it is more than acceptable. I will definitely pop this on when getting mulch and other dirty things that are not worth towing on the trailer.
One last thing to keep in mind when considering this purchase, if you are using it on a van or SUV with a liftgate, you will need to pack AFTER you have loaded the back, since your gate most likely will not clear your cargo. That was sortof a "Duh!" moment after I put it on. You may also consider tying some rags on the cargo where your gate may hit if it is accidentally opened when you are fully loaded.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I live where they do not pick up trash so this is an excellent solution so i no longer have to put trash inside my van works greatPublished 3 days ago by Justin L Williams
Good size for the price. I mounted it on the bumper not through the hitch adapter. Could use another welded support and optional mounting "L" brackets. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Best Value. This is the economical choice but let me tell you that I have put mine through the paces and its very sturdy and not difficult to put together.Published 10 days ago by Sidewayzbob
For the price this hitch cargo carrier can't be beat. I would suggest buying a trailer hitch tie down to reduce wiggle and shifting when driving so the loan stays more secure. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gusty B
Cheap, flimsy, poor quality. Typical Chinese product. I returned it without ever mounting it.Published 23 days ago by Gary Mckinney
For the price, this unit is really pretty good. However, I'm giving it 4 stars because I don't think there is any way this thing would hold 500 pounds as claimed in the product... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Anonymous Reviewer
Bought this for a cross country road trip. It is a little flimsy in the middle sections but with big items like a cooler and big Tupperware containers had no problems at all. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Fridayone8